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WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmIs re-signing Kwon Alexander a necessity? New Ryan Jensen Jersey White ,23commentsCan heart and passion negate silly mistakes on the field?ESTShareTweetShareShareIs re-signing Kwon Alexander a necessity? Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsKwon Alexander is by all accounts an electric player in the locker room and in the huddle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His exciting style of play and passion for the game and his teammates is evident. After an injury ended his season in 2018, Alexander and the Buccaneers find themselves heading towards free agency without a contract for the young inside linebacker. Many fans feel Kwon needs to be brought back with no questions asked as a young top end linebacker. But is he? Is it truly a necessity to bring back the 24 year old?Let’s take a step back and think aloud on this subject. Why Tampa Bay needs to bring back Kwon Alexander. Alexander is the emotional leader on defense. His level of energy shows out on the field and the intensity he plays with makes him who he is as a football player. With a new defensive style being brought to Tampa by Todd Bowles, there’s reason to believe the scheme would better fit Kwon, who showed out when given the opportunity rush the passer. On 32 pass rush attempts, Kwon pressured the quarterback on nearly 19% of his pass rush attempts. Kwon returning to play inside alongside Lavonte David and the two being utilized better and more diversely in a Bowles scheme is something many Buccaneer fans are drooling over. After all, Kwon’s infectious demeanor is what fans love. Fans love the guys with all the energy, fans love the great life stories and fans love good people which Kwon Alexander is all of those things and more. For all the reasons as to why Kwon is needed for this defensive make-over, what are some of the reasons he isn’t? Why Tampa Bay may be just fine without Kwon Alexander.In a scheme that sure sounds like it’ll be 3-4 heavy with two inside linebackers, where would this leave Kendell Beckwith? Beckwith played very well in Kwon’s initial absence back in 2017. Beckwith is also under contract for 2019 and 2020 at a very low cap hit under $1 million each season. The linebackers will be responsible for a lot of the run lanes while the big men up front eat space and that means one on one tackles. Kwon Alexander has struggled with tackling efficiency and has tallied up 78 missed tackles over his career including 20+ in each of his first three seasons (2018 cut short due to injury). Beckwith on the other hand missed 8 tackles in 2017 with more snaps taken than Kwon, while Alexander finished the season with 21 misses. The biggest factor in this entire off-season scenario surrounding Kwon Alexander will be compensation. Alexander has missed parts of each of the last two seasons due to injuries and his availability due to health is a concern in the long run. If the Buccaneers were to franchise Kwon, the hit a year ago was $14.961 million. That’s a hefty amount to pay a linebacker that has been sketchy as a tackler and up and down in coverage over his career. The contract details that Kwon Alexander and his team are looking for may very well be the ultimate deciding factor to whether or not he remains in Tampa. The final verdict. Kwon is not a necessity in a Todd Bowles defense. He just isn’t. At the same time, it will be a shame to not have back the infectious attitude that he brings to this team. The smile, the charisma, the speed and the youth that comes with Kwon is something this defense would miss. The Buccaneers have a tough decision to make with Alexander in the near future. With Donovan Smith almost assuredly coming back, the money is getting tighter. Let’s see if there’s some loose change for a fan favorite. Could the Bucs add a talented player to their secondary?"The Green Bay Packers drafted Ha’Sean ‘Haha’ Clinton-Dix with the 21st pick of the 2014 draft. He was nicknamed “Ha ha” by his grandmother because people were mispronouncing the “Sean” in his name as ‘shawn’ when it was intended to be ‘seen’ - exactly what I bet you just did. Clinton-Dix was a two time national champion at Alabama under Nick Saban. The Packers picked up his fifth-year option after the 2017 season, and former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy even called him one of their core players. But halfway through the 2018 season the Packers traded Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins for a fourth-round pick. Now that Clinton-Dix’s rookie deal is up, who might he play for next?HAHA CLINTON-DIX’S CAREERTo say that Clinton-Dix has been productive would be an understatement. Since he came into the league in 2014 he leads all safeties in solo tackles with 363 and is second in total tackles. To put that in perspective, of all the safeties that have played in approximately the same number of games (a whopping 80) since then, nobody is within 30 tackles of Clinton-Dix. He’s also tied for 10th in sacks with 5.5 and tied for 21st in passes defensed. As if that wasn’t enough, Clinton-Dix is tied for 6th with 14 interceptions. In short , Clinton-Dix has been one of the best, most productive safeties in the NFL since he entered the league. So why did the Packers trade him for just a 4th? It was likely due to several factors. First, the safety market seemed to be weirdly depressed last season. A lot of safeties sat on the market in free agency with few bidders. Second, there were comments that Clinton-Dix’s play was overall inconsistent and that he gave up far more big plays than he should have and had a tendency to avoid contact or give poor effort tackling. For what it’s worth, Clinton-Dix made the Pro Bowl in 2016, and Pro Football Focus graded him highly in 2018 before the trade:WHY THE BUCCANEERS NEED HIMAre you kidding? The Bucs have a ton of young talent at safety, but nobody that really stands out. Justin Evans is clearly the most athletic of the bunch, but he has problems breaking down ball-carriers in the open field. One reason Clinton-Dix is valuable is because he’s so versatile. He’s no Derwin James when it comes to rushing the passer, but at 6’0 and 208 lbs Clinton-Dix is comfortable around the line of scrimmage. He can play the robber coverage role in the middle of the field, and he also has the range to play as a single-high safety. In other words, because Clinton-Dix can do everything he allows a defense to be creative and effective in disguising the coverage. The Buccaneers could very much use someone like that. Whether due solely to poor coaching over the years or not, Tampa Bay’s safety position has struggled for a long time. Having someone like Clinton-Dix could instantly vault the Bucs’ defense into not just respectability, but maybe even...good? Is that allowed? WHAT WILL CLINTON-DIX COST?That’s an interesting question. Eric Berry re-set the safety market with a per-year value $1 million more than the next highest-paid safety and a total of $7 million more guaranteed. The Vikings’ Harrison Smith and the Dolphins’ Reshad Jones are similar players to Clinton-Dix in terms of production. Both are the second and third highest-paid safeties after Berry. They are getting paid $10-12 million per year on deals with a total value of approximately $50 million dollars. Even if you just go by guaranteed money, it’s $30 million. Unless the safety market continues to be in a slump, Clinton-Dix could command a hefty salary. WILL IT HAPPEN?It’s not out of the realm of possibility. With a new coaching staff, and with cornerback M.J. Stewart rumored to be switching to safety where general manager Jason Licht intended him this whole time, it’s possible the Bucs are still sifting through their current players and learning about their strengths and weaknesses and where they might find a role in new defensive-coordinator Todd Bowles’ scheme. With all the depth and competition it’s possible they expect to sort it out, but it’s also possible they don’t really love anyone that they already have. Gone (or at least not currently under contract for 2019) are Chris Conte, Josh Shaw, Andrew Adams , and Isaiah Johnson. That still leaves Justin Evans, Jordan Whitehead, and M.J. Stewart.How do the Bucs feel about the safety prospects in the draft and about the guys in free agency? Safeties on the potential free agency market might include Lamarcus Joyner, Earl Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu, Marcus Gilchrist, Terrance Brooks, Landon Collins, and many, many more. Rookie draft prospects include Deionte Thompson, Nasir Adderley, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Juan Thornill, Taylor Rapp, Darnell Savage, and many more talented enough to go in the top 100 picks.There are a lot of questions that need to be answered before Tampa Bay would probably think about positioning themselves for a player like Clinton-Dix. If Washington doesn’t resign Clinton-Dix and he does hit the market, who knows how much he might ask for. As long as teams don’t get into a bidding war that drives the cost up Tampa Bay could make room for him, but it might have to give up significant assets to do so. DeSean Jackson comes to mind since his cap hit is $10 million. Is the opportunity cost worth it? But if they get there and free agency repeats itself from last year where a bunch of safeties are just sitting there, they may be able to snag Clinton-Dix or someone like him for a steal.

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